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1818 Idaho, Boise; Built in 1880; 2,600 square feet; 6 bed/4 bath; .14 Acres



Blue Rooster Realty

Lisa Corbett, 208-368-0803


MLS #98376788

This great big, sage green house is currently used as a rental property. The 1,400-square-foot main house comes with an attached apartment on the dwelling's west side, and there are two detached one-bedroom units in the backyard that look like a pair of cozy cabins.

The property sits just 10 blocks away from the heart of downtown Boise, making the Saturday morning pedal to the farmer's market an easy weekly habit. Vintage character permeates each building in the form of hardwood floors and original single-pane windows; wide baseboards and thick crown moldings; and built-in bookshelves, cabinets, drawers, buffets and nooks galore. Thick layers of paint coat the antique moldings and other woodwork. Nicks in the door jambs and dings in the aged cabinetry give the house a lived-in quality that can't be ordered online or bought at a home center.

A pair of young cedar trees anchor the front yard's landscaping, which includes a thick lawn and a pair of planters on either side of the steps leading up to the covered front porch. There is plenty of space for a rattan loveseat and two cushy chairs, making the porch a relaxing spot for sipping a post-work beverage at the end of a late-summer day. The exterior color scheme bears off-white trim and used-brick accents that are set off nicely by the house's attractive green hue.

Hardwood floors in a light, natural color and a pair of leaf motif chandeliers bedecked with sparkling crystals make the empty living room and dining room in the main house seem like a dance hall from yesteryear, but the addition of area rugs and comfortable furniture would quickly cozy up the place. The room feels big and open due to its tall windows and a high, exposed beam ceiling. Deep forest green paint on the walls and white trim sets a sophisticated tone for the space.

The floor plan places the main living spaces, one bedroom and the bathroom, downstairs. There are two bedrooms with angled ceilings and dormer windows upstairs. A stacked washer and dryer are hidden in the kitchen behind shuttered bi-fold doors. All of the French windows in the bedrooms swing open inward and bear old-fashioned construction—the individual glass panes are set into a wooden grid. The variety of attractive, vintage light fixtures found throughout the main house (and in the rental spaces) effectively perk up every room.

The first rental space is attached to the main house and is accessed through a private exterior door that has its own stoop and a cute, lit overhang. Inside the 400-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment, is a tiny kitchen, a small living room, a full bathroom and cool vintage light fixtures.

A trio of tall sumac trees overhead and a gravel pathway underfoot line the side yard that leads to the back yard, where the two detached units sit. From the outside, they look like a pair of Forest Service cabins painted the same sage tone as the main house. The floor plans of both 400-square-foot units are mirror images of each other. A small living room at the front of the cottage is separated from the dining room and tiny kitchen by a wide, Tudor-arched doorway. The bedroom and the bathroom, which has a vintage sink and a clawfoot tub, are placed at the rear of the space. The cozy dwellings are perfect for singles.

Pros: Vintage character located 10 blocks from downtown Boise. Renters help make mortgage payment.

Cons: It is a rental and could use some TLC.

Open House: Saturday, Sept. 20, 1-3 p.m.